Fulton Fire Department Awarded New Firetruck

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Fire Department will purchase a new, well-equipped, firetruck to replace a 26-year-old truck, that has been out of service since January of this year, as well as no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards.

“Without this federal grant, we would not have been able buy this equipment,” said David Eiffe, the department’s Assistant Fire Chief. “Our older equipment has often been inoperable, forcing us to borrow a truck from a neighboring volunteer fire department. We can’t serve our city that way. The NFPA standards are there for a reason.”

The funds for the truck come from an Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The truck will cost $450,000,” said Dale McShine, director of Grant and Preparedness for FEMA’s Region II.  “The federal share will amount to $428,572, and we are very pleased to play such an important role in the safety of Fulton’s citizens.”

Fulton has a population of some 12,000 citizens.

Its fire department, with 36 career firefighters, responds to a total of some 2,200 fire, emergency medical service calls, and car and industrial accidents, each year, said Chief Eiffe.

“This new truck will be able to carry 750 gallons of water and pump 1,750 gallons per minute. It’s also equipped with a foam system that is highly effective in putting out house fires,” he added.

He said also that, in addition to saving taxpayers money that was needed for repairs of his outdated trucks, the new truck will contribute to the safety of our citizens for at least 15 years.

The Fulton Fire Department has two fire stations, on the east and west sides of the river. The new equipment will be located in the westside station.

Assistance to Firefighter Grants provide support to numerous firehouses throughout FEMA’s Region II, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

The program provides critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Tania Hedlund, FEMA’s Region II chief for grants, reports that in fiscal year 2014, the region awarded 273 grants totaling $95.6 million.


  1. Glad we got a new firetruck. Thanks for keeping us so safe fire dept personal!!!!
    Question Why do you paint them red?

    Why do you paint them black, to blend in with the night time, or white to bled in with snow storms?

    Wouldn’t be safer if you painted them to be more visible and not to blend with colors in nature? Day glow orange – red etc.

    Thanks for keeping us so safe. I think SAFETY for all of you to.

    Hope someone gets me an answer.

  2. The 2200 calls does seem very high for Fulton, can we get a breakdown on how many are medical and Menters is also there? How many are actual fires? Also break down on how many trucks and their use? Just thinking if most of these calls are medical does the city actually have use for this or is it just to have a pretty toy?

  3. Here is a breakdown of the calls in April of this year. i get this report every month. This will ans. the questions that many of you have. I get it because I also wanted to know more.
    234- responses- Next is the breakdown
    145- were ambulance and rescue
    13-juvenile illness/injury
    9-motor vehicle accident
    8-fire alarm
    7-citizen assist
    There a bunch of others like Suicide and Suicide attempt.

    But to ans. the big questions is 72% are for Ambulance related calls. I hope this helps.

  4. Please see the Fulton Fire Facebook page to answer your questions regarding call volumes. Statistics for the last 5 years are posted there.

  5. Reply to George. New toys? Did you know the average age of the fire department fleet In January of this year was nearly 20 years old? The departments 2 ladder trucks were a 1989 and 1990 respectively, the back up engine is 1985 vintage. At one point in April the city was literally down to 1 fire truck as 3 were put out of service within weeks of each other for catastrophic mechanical failures. In the last 2 years FFD has borrowed trucks from neighboring departments twice for months and months at a time. This grant not only was needed but was awarded a the most crucial time in the departments history. It will literally breath air into the lungs of a fire department that was barely able to provide the service to city residents with its own equipment. Federal FEMA grants are meant to assist those cities/towns and municipalities that cannot otherwise budget for new equipment. Fulton is one of those cities. Fulton Fire is a poster child for the people who not only need those grants, but rely on them to survive. The firefighters write these grants in house, they work hard for these grants and do it all in the name of safety. FFD acquired their last new “toy” via a grant in 2011. A cost not placed on the taxpayer. Federal money. Anyone who can find fault with acquiring anything new for any department writing its own grants, at literally almost no cost to the taxpayers should really do homework first. I would ask anyone who is a home owner if your house was on fire do you want the 1985 truck showing up or one acquired via a grant that was built in 2016? I would encourage anyone with questions about any department “toys” to stop in to your local station and ask questions, see the oil puddles and tired fire trucks that may live there.

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